Well, it is almost New Year's Eve which means 2018 is out and 2019 is in! 2018 gave us a year full of highlights like Ariana Grande's "Thank u, Next", The new Spider-man Videogame, the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and of course the movie that rocked the world: Marvel's Infinity War.
While 2018 was chock-full of fun, it is time to see what the year 2019 will bring! Will it be a new technology? A celebrity baby? Maybe we will finally figure out teleportation. Whatever happens, I can't think of a better way to ring in the new year than with a fabulously bubbly cocktail party.
Sure, champagne is a classic New Year's drink but why not spice it up and ring in the new year in style! I personally love a good bubbly cocktail so I have taken it to the next level by combining the earthy tones of Juniper and Rosemary with the lovely floral sweetness of Elderflower! Here is my recipe for an Elderflower Rosemary Sparkler, the perfect drink to cheers to the new year.
1/2 oz. Gin (I like Bombay for this one)
1/2 oz. St. Germain Liqueur
Brut Champagne or Prosecco, chilled
1 oz. Soda Water, chilled
A sprig of fresh Rosemary
White sugar for rim
First, rim your champagne glasses with white sugar. To do this, pour some white granulated sugar into a dish and wet the rim of the glasses with water or lemon juice and dip into the sugar. Let dry for one minute. If you have some edible glitter you can add this to your sugar mixture to make the rim sparkle!
Pour about 2 ounces of chilled champagne into your sugar rimmed champagne flutes (or about half the glass).
Add about 1 oz. chilled soda water to your drink to add an extra fizz.
Next, add your 1/2 oz of gin and elderflower liqueur and give the drink a quick stir with a stirring spoon or stir stick.
Top up the rest of your glass with champagne and garnish with a sprig of fresh Rosemary for an added aromatic flavor.
This drink is light and bubbly and is perfect for making for a group of friends. Plus isn't it nice to hear that lovely clink of champagne glasses as you cheers to the new year?